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49 Navotas inmates earn elementary, high school diplomas

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Some 49 inmates at the Navotas City Jail have earned diplomas through the Alternative Learning System.

Fifteen graduated from elementary and 34 from high school.

In his speech, Mayor Toby Tiangco urged the graduates to continue to do good and strive to learn new skills.

“Avoid involvement in drugs and other nefarious activities. Make your time here productive and worthwhile,” he advised.

“Learn new skills and prepare for the day you will regain your freedom. By then, you should be ready to create a new and better life for you and your family,” he added.

Tiangco also told graduates that once released, they may avail of the free trainings of the Navotas Vocational Training and Assessment (NAVOTAAS) Institute or purse higher studies at the Navotas Polytechnic College.

The NAVOTAAS Institute offers courses such as Food and Beverage Services NC II, Cookery NC II, Barista NC II, Hilot (Wellness Massage), and Massage Therapy NC II.

Also available are Contact Center Services NC II, Housekeeping NC II, Bread and Pastry Production NC II, Beauty Care NC II, Hairdressing NC II, Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC II, and others.

Meanwhile, the Navotas Polytechnic College provides free education for Navoteños who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree.

“Learning is free. Make the most of what our city can offer you,” Tiangco said.

Also present during the graduation ceremony were Navotas City Jail warden JCInsp. Atty. Ricky Heart Pegalan and OIC-Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Meliton Zurbano.

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